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After more than three decades working in corporate environments, I retired to write novels, something I had been thinking about doing my whole career. Getting the rather late start in life as an author, I published my first book at the age of sixty-two. I've published eight novels since then. In the beginning, I made many mistakes trying to get established as an author, and I hope my book How to Write, Publish, and Promote a Novel helps others avoid making the same ones.


An avid reader, I am a frequent book reviewer for indieBRAG, IndieReader, Windy City Reviews, and Awesome Indies. In addition, I have my own book review service Direct Book Reviews. And in an effort to share what I have learned about the craft of writing fiction, I have written articles for The Book Designer, Writers Digest, The Creative Penn, and several other platforms. 


I grew up in an old Victorian home in northern Illinois, complete with a coach house, the same house I used on the cover of my first two books. After living in downtown Chicago for almost 30 years, I moved back to northern Illinois, into a cozy house on a small lake, where I enjoy all the native wildlife that come for frequent day and nighttime visits, and where I continue to write literary fiction.

Florence Osmund









Corporate Experience

American International Group (AIG)

Regional Administrative Director


Executives' Club of Chicago

Independent Consultant


Houlihan Lokey Howard & Zukin

Regional Office Manager


Blue Cross Blue Shield Association

Business Manager


Heitman Financial

Vice President, Records and Legal Administration


Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations

Director of Administration



MBA, Lake Forest Graduate School of Management

















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